A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
PAU is a pocket-sized drum set that we can bring around with us to create music anytime and anywhere. It lets us bring our own music with us by letting us tap out whatever we want on it, whenever we want.
As musicians ourselves, we understand that the urge and the inspiration to create music happens spontaneously. PAU brings the ability to create music to anyone, so that anyone can play and create music anytime, anywhere.
PAU is inspired by the Ocarina, an ancient instrument used in many different cultures, PAU is a handheld instrument with finger positions similar to the holes on an Ocarina that allow for quick finger movement to create complex rhythms such that speed of tapping is not compromised.
PAU has 7 tactile buttons that are mapped to the position of drums on a drum set. Simply connect the audio cable, press the button, hear the drum beat and continue tapping away!
The ergonomic curves of PAU are specially designed to fit into the palm of the hand and the symmetrically placed buttons allow for both left and right-handed usage of PAU easily. Of course, you can choose to play PAU however you wish!
Every drummer has a different style of playing. We'd expect this to be no different on the PAU!
We gave PAU to a band to try out. Here's their reaction.
PAU is an intuitive, tactile, easy-to-use device that allows anyone to create music easily, in any situation.
Anyone can use it!
PAU is so easy to use, anyone can use it! Audio jack, 7 buttons Just plug into the audio jack and press the buttons to start creating music! There is no learning curve to using PAU, and start tapping away whenever you have PAU with you!
Bring it Anywhere
PAU is compact enough to fit into our pockets, or into our palms, so that we can tap away whenever we want and stick it into our pockets whenever we need our hands for other things.
Play Alone, Play with Friends
PAU features a standard 3.5mm audio jack. Plug in earphones, speakers or even into a mixer. PAU is perfect for jamming in privacy.
Perfect your beats in privacy, and wow your friends when you are ready!
The More the Merrier
As musicians, we understand how fun it is to jam together. Simply plug PAU into a speaker of a mixer, and experience the joy of making music together.
Keep your Eyes on the Road? No Problem!
Why look at the buttons when you can feel it? Just like a real instrument, the keys on PAU are made of tactile buttons that allow you to feel where they are so you can continue tapping away, eyes-free.
Ba Dum Tss!
When our friend / colleague / family member cracks a bad joke.
For the past few months, we have been prototyping and developing PAU to create the most user friendly version of it, and combing the electronics market to source out reliable suppliers.
We believe in creating a high quality product that is user-friendly, intuitive and functional, yet at the same time, aesthetically pleasing.
We experimented with different shapes, sizes, button mechanism and finishing before coming to the final prototype.
The final prototype consists of an inner and an outer shell, providing structural support for continued pressing while maintaining the sensitivity and touch of the buttons.
- ~3" by 4.5'' (~7.5 by 11 cm)
- 7 Tactile Push Buttons
- 3.5mm Audio Jack Output
- Arduino enabled
" WOW I am not formally trained in music but have always wanted to try something that allows me to just play and compose music on my own. This seems perfect!”
- Indira Prakasam (Mechanical Design Engineer and SUTD Engineering Product Development Alumni)
“The set up size for bands looks like it could really come down with your instrument”
- Drummer from a Singapore band
"It'll be cool to have paus as instruments I think the greatest value is in its potential to reduce set up logistics when a band just wants to jam and have fun."
- Chin Joo Ern (Drummer and SUTD Engineering Product Development student)
After Kickstarter, PAU will be available at retail price of $129. Do look out for our early bird special at $59 and our Kickstarter price at $69!
'HEY, stop playing, you'll disturb the neighbours' -Mum
'Oh no' D: - Me
Sounds familiar? As musicians, this phrase is often something we hear from people around us (especially our parents). As non-musicians, this is also often the reason why we do not get to learn music.
Most instruments currently available are large and bulky, and create much sound (music/noise) when played. This makes it hard for musicians to carry around their instruments and to play whenever they feel like it so as to not disturb other people. As we also lead busy lives constantly on the go, the opportunities to make music decrease as we are unable to carry our instruments around, so we end up just listening to music instead.
At Bethm, we believe that there is another way to bring music to people. Right now, we have created a pocket-sized instrument that can be played silently on the go.
By reducing the size of instruments, increasing tactile sensitivity and allowing for greater customization and recording, we hope to bring music creation to a larger group of people so that they can experience the joys of making music together.
PAU is merely the first amongst our range products. Through this campaign, we hope to gain valuable feedback that will help us continue on improving our products.
Risks and challenges
Our product is still at the prototype stage, thus, to transition from prototype to finished product will pose as a challenge to our team. While the functionalities work well as a prototype, we want to continue improving our product to be more sturdy and function well as a finished product to deliver the greatest value to our backers. We have done several tests on our products to ensure that they work well consistently, and continue to execute more tests to improve the product. We are also continuing work on the prototype to develop newer and better versions of PAU.
Manufacturing is one of the largest challenges for our product. Every product faces significant difficulties when transitioning from the prototype to the product stage, and ours is no different. In order to mitigate the risk of this transition, our team carefully screened potential partners.
In October, we went to Shenzhen to visit hardware manufacturers. We were able to find a manufacturer who was able to manufacture and assemble both the shell and the PCB together, and had successfully manufactured for Kickstarter products before, so will be able to help us fulfill our goals.